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‘Formation’-inspired protest blocks streets in Chicago
The most important demand coming from
BLACK LIVES MATTER: Chicago, and F.L.Y.
WITHOUT A PENSION
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A REVIEW OF THE REKIA BOYD CASE
Off duty officer, Dante Servin supposedly responded to a noise complaint(?), while off duty, with an unregistered gun, shot over his shoulder because he was scared and "accidentally" killed Rekia Body.
The judge in the case decided not to let a jury decide the case.
Before the jury could decide the judge essentially dismiss[ed] the case against Rekia Boyd's murderer, saying
the prosecution had evidence
for a first degree murder charge
but they couldn't prove
the recklessness associated with
the manslaughter charge they chose to
bring against Servin.
Defense Attorney's always ask to dismiss a case. It is part of the courtroom dance. But judges rarely ever grant this.
But this judge did. He did basically kick the case out.
Dante Servin walked.
Rumor has it that a cop had not been convicted in a Chicago courtroom for 17 years prior to Servin's arrival in the court. And now we know why.
Servin was off duty and in his personal car when he got in a shouting match with the group in March 2012. His lawyers say he drew his gun and fired when Antonio Cross pulled an object from his waistband and pointed it at Servin. Boyd was hit in the back of the head. She died two days later. She was 22.
After three days of testimony, [Judge] Porter abruptly ended Servin's bench trial. He said prosecutors had shown "beyond a reasonable doubt" that Servin killed Boyd, and that the officer fired the shots knowing they were likely to cause great bodily harm or death. Those elements would add up to first-degree murder, the judge said, unless Servin could prove he acted in self defense. But Servin never had to make that case.Read More: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-cop-verdict-servin-edit-0423-20150422-story.html
BLACK WOMEN ALSO DIDN'T FORGET
DANTE SERVIN'S PROSECUTOR
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